Project Icebox Europe 2011/12
Posted 10 April 2012 - 15:41
BTW another 20ish stations in European Russia were added to the Ogimet reporting this morning bringing its total to 269.
Kemi (Northern Sami: Giepma) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located very near the city of Tornio. It was founded in 1869 by royal decree, because of its proximity to a deep water harbour.
Kemi is situated by the Bothnian Bay, at the mouth of river Kemijoki, and it is part of Lapland region. The town has a population of 22,386 (31 January 2012) and covers an area of 747.44 square kilometres (288.59 sq mi) of which 652.1 km2 (251.8 sq mi) is water. The population density is 234.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (608 /sq mi).
The main economic activity in Kemi is centred on two large paper and woodpulp mills and on the only chromium mine in Europe (which supplies the Outokumpu ferrochrome plant in Tornio). A polytechnic university is also situated in Kemi.
Kemi also has a claim to fame as the home of the world's largest snow castle (reconstructed every year with a different architecture). The snowcastle is usually located at the inner harbour of Kemi.
A model of The Crown of Finland (original was never made for the King of Finland) is kept in the Gemstone gallery. There are also replicas like the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain; the Sceptre of the Czar of Russia; Orbs of Denmark and the Diamond necklace of Marie Antoinette among other things.
It's also the hometown of the power metal band Sonata Arctica.
During World War II, after Finland signed the Moscow Armistice and found itself involved in the Lapland War with its former German ally, German forces in the beginning of October 1944 captured 132 Finnish civilian hostages from Kemi (as well as 130 from Rovaniemi) and threatened to kill them unless the Finnish army released German POWs captured at the Battle of Tornio. However, the Finns refused to comply and threatened to retaliate by killing the German POWs. The hostages were released unharmed on October 11, 1944, near Rovaniemi.
In April 2007, the city of Kemi laid off all of its municipal workers for 2 weeks due to the failing economy of the city. Spiraling specialist health care costs and a fleeting industry tax base are stated as the cause for the vote. These are the most drastic temporary dismissals to take place in Finland since 2000.
Kemi railway station is an intermediate station on the railway between Lapland and Helsinki. It is operated by VR. The junction of the Kolari and Rovaniemi lines lies to the north of Kemi station.
Finnish national road 4 and European routes E8 and E75 run through the town. Kemi-Tornio Airport is located 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) north of Kemi city centre.
Kemi is twinned with Newtownards in Northern Ireland.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 15:13
Only 7 scorers today as there was just one ice day in Finland and for the first time since maybe November not a single location scored more than 1.0 points, the coldest minimum on the list was the highest value since 1st Dec. Naimakka has left its charge late but continues to climb moving up two places to 8th. No other changes in the location or national rankings.
This post has been edited by Big Dave's Gusset: 11 April 2012 - 15:14
Posted 12 April 2012 - 18:25
Posted 13 April 2012 - 18:37
There seems to be nowhere remote or inaccessible enough for the Russians not to plonk a weather station. Today we have Cape Bolvanskij ( Мыс Болванский )which is right on the edge of what counts for Europe in this project. It is of course impossible to find out anything about the location itself except that it is at the tip of Vaygach Island, just close enough to the mainland not to be an Arctic Island.
Vaygach Island (Russian: Вайга́ч) is an island in the Arctic Sea between the Pechora Sea and the Kara Sea.
Vaygach Island is separated from the Yugorsky Peninsula in the mainland by the Yugorsky Strait and from Novaya Zemlya by the Kara Strait. The island is a part of Nenets Autonomous Okrug of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia.
Area: 3,383 square kilometres (1,306 sq mi)
Length: ~ 100 kilometres (62 mi)
Width: up to 45 kilometres (28 mi)
Average temperatures: -20 °C (-4 °F) (February), 5 °C (41 °F) (June)
Highest point: 170 metres (560 ft)
Vaygach Island is mainly formed of argillaceous slates, sandstone, and limestone. There are many rivers about 20–40 kilometres (12–25 mi) in length, swamps, and small lakes on the island. For the most part it consists of tundra. Slight rocky ridges run generally along its length, and the coast has low cliffs in places. The island consists mostly of limestone, and its elevation above the sea is geologically recent. Raised beaches are frequent. The rocks are heavily scored by ice, but this was probably marine ice, not that of glaciers. The settlements of Vaygach, Dolgaya Guba, and Varnek are located on the island.
Grasses, mosses and Arctic flowering plants are abundant, but there are no trees excepting occasional dwarf willows. Foxes and lemmings are spotted occasionally. While there are not many land animals on the island, birds are very numerous; a variety of ducks, waders etc. frequent the marshes and lakes.
In 2007, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Russian government have approved a nature reserve on Vaygach island. The island's surrounding seas are home to many marine mammals such as walruses, seals and endangered whales.
The name of the island translates from the Nenets as "alluvial shore". Until the 19th century, the island was an important shrine of the Nenets people. There were polycephalic wooden idols painted with blood of holy animals, primarily reindeer. Some of their sacrificial piles, consisting of drift-wood, deer's horns and the skulls of bears and deer, have been observed by travellers. In spite of their conversion to Christianity, the Nenets still regard these piles with superstition.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 18:42
Posted 15 April 2012 - 15:49
Posted 16 April 2012 - 17:08
Well at this rate I'm not sure it will happen even before June
DAY 183: After a brief dalliance with spring getting my hopes up of an impending end to the project, another plunge in temperatures means we have an increase in incidences of ice days with 8 scorers and much colder maxima/minima than lately. As a result a good day for Finland: Kilpisjärvi has overtaken Petrun' for 4th place (at this rate it could still nab 2nd) and Kuusamo also goes up one place.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 16:10
Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:31
Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:53
I'll be updating tomorrow probably with the final league tables, but I declare after winning for two years running:
EUROPE'S ICEBOX: NIKKALUOKTA ( SWEDEN )
Representatives of the village may now claim their coals-to-Newcastle prize
Posted 21 April 2012 - 14:18
Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:13